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Jeff Marsh is the owner of Jeff Marsh Studios and was voted South Sound Magazine’s 2010 photographer of the year. He lives with his wife Alise in Puyallup. Together they enjoy traveling, hiking, riding bikes, skiing, road trips, and great food.
Jeff says he believes in the “desire of our hearts” and considers photography one of those desires. “For many years, I have lugged a camera around many of the beautiful places of this world. There was nothing better to travel and hike to remote locations to find peace, and always bringing back photos with a story to tell. I felt that I should put that passion to work, and capture important moments in the lives of others.”
Roxanne: When did you become interested in photography?
Jeff: I have always had an interest in photography from a very young age. My dad was very into landscape and nature photography, and my mom always had a camera in her hand. But it wasn’t until college that I really began to take photos.
Who or what influenced you to become a photographer?
So I guess my dad had the most influence on me, but I had/have a love to Ansel Adams and Art Wolfe. I have always admired them as they have been the best in their field for a lifetime.
Why is photography important to you?
Photography is important to me because it really helps us capture moments that we too soon can forget. And I have always loved photojournalism and nature because the majority of people never see or experience what I do, and I like to share those experiences with everyone.
What motivates you?
Personal shooting motivates me more than anything. If I were to only shoot weddings, I would already be burnt out. But I am continually shooting things for fun, and trying new things. That keeps everything fresh and fun.
What’s your favorite lens or other piece of photography gear?
I really love my 30-year-old Canon AE-1 camera my dad gave me. I have only used it for about a year now. But I love what it produces. I also really like my Canon 5D Classic. To me, it gives the best color of any camera I have used.
What advice would you give someone just starting out in photography?
Get under someone’s wing and learn. Read books and blogs and watch videos. But really, find someone better than you and do whatever it takes to learn from them. Intern, second shoot, get immersed in the field.